Arsenal world #1 at ticket pricing

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Taller than the Emirates, which made me angry. Real angry.

Arsenal are the most expensive season ticket according to the BBC. Our cheapest ticket is x10 the expense of the Barcelona equivalent.

Here are the lowlights:

  • Arsenal have the most expensive match-day ticket in the Premier League at £97. That’s down £29 on last season but still more than double the most expensive match-day ticket at seven other top-flight clubs
  • The Gunners also have the most expensive season ticket in the top flight at £2,013, although it includes seven credits for cup competitions. Their cheapest season ticket is £1,014, which is more than 17 Premier League clubs charge for their most expensive one.
  • Manchester City have the league’s cheapest season ticket at £299. That’s cheaper than at 15 Championship clubs, 10 clubs in League One, four in League Two and even one in the Conference.
  • Charlton’s £150 season ticket is the cheapest in England’s top four divisions. However, Barcelona charge around £103 for their lowest-priced season ticket.
  • In Scotland’s Premiership the average price for the cheapest day out at Premiership matches, including a match-day ticket, pie, cup of tea and a programme, increased by just 61p to £26.95 from last season.

Ok, so tell me something I didn’t know.

It’s worrying even though it’s something that’s consistently been at the forefront of arguments about our spending habits. I mean, for a club that is known for its class… we stick it to people who want to see the game and who want to work for the club on the catering side. All the money that floods into the game never sees the people.

… and look, technically, I get that football is a luxury purchase. You don’t need it in your life. It’s not like bread or water. Any event in London that’s 2 hours worth of premium entertainment is going to be expensive. My gripe is that the reason clubs are cool with the pricing is because people pay it… it’s a proof point that lacks context.

Football is a need for most people. It’s like a drug. They’ll put themselves into debt to pay for it, because the alternative is losing your ticket for years. When I first started buying mine, it was speculative, I couldnt’ afford it, but I punted on being able to be more comfortable with the cost a few years down the line. Others never get to that comfort point. Football ticket priced rising at 4 times the rate of inflation is horrendous, especially when revenues for clubs are increasing at a far more rapid pace.

Personally I’d take a 3% hike in prices if that equated to better pay for the lowest paid. I’m sure if the players donated 3% of a weeks salary for one week we’d be able to support a living wage. I thought the whole point of running a football club is that you could do ostentatious things like help people, and not worry too much about shareholders?

I appreciate we have to support big football salaries… but what is the point in all this TV money if none of it comes back to the fans or the people who make Arsenal great?

Apparently Tomas has picked up an injury to add to the monumental pile up we’ve got going on at the club at the moment. Crazy times people, totally crazy times.

It was amusing some of the feedback from yesterday’s article saying I’d spun what the CEO had said. I’d not spun it at all, if Ivan is the guy I think he is (and I’ve listened to him talk Arsenal off the record, which isn’t a slick and placid as the online videos), I’ll have plotted that piece exactly the way he intended it to be. You rarely get to the top of the corporate game if you’re totally blind to ineptitude. If I can see the problems, 99% of people who read this site can see them… chances are he can as well. Yesterday’s piece was interesting on many levels because it goes beyond talk… you can see some of the things they’ve tried to bring in (and failed, I mean, what happened to that scouting tool. Wenger hasn’t found a DM in two years. What’s that software up to? Probably gathering dust in the boot of Steve Boulds car). They’re recruiting on egg shells, with the hope the manager will utilise some of the tools they’re giving him. He’s not using them at the moment, but it won’t matter in three years, becasue the new manager will have to. Well, a new manager would want to use them… I guess that’s the difference.

I don’t have much to give this morning, so I’ll leave you to chat amongst yourselves. Have a remarkable day.


323 Responses to “Arsenal world #1 at ticket pricing”

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  1. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    So you link everything and everything you say on here is a fact based researched statement. Lol give me a break.
    So you think giving Diaby a long term contract after 1 decent year and a history of injuries was a good idea? And then sticking with it over the last 5 years of 42 appearances and 2 goals and continued injuries?
    Again, can’t agree at some point I’m thinking I might give up on that project.

  2. MidwestGun

    Oh and I accept your opinion all the time, I just don’t always agree with it. And I don’t need a research paper to decide. People hire me based on my experience and opinions yes. I don’t have to show them how to build the house.

    You called Thomas a fuckwit troll, was that an opinion or did you conduct a poll. Lol.

  3. fourthisatrophy

    Diaby is Wenger’s illegitimate son, 124 appearances for Arsenal since 2005, 9 years, average of 13.77 games a year this guy has played, earns around 50k a week, that’s over 23 million quid this guy has been paid by AFC for playing average 13 games a year, and you think Wenger is the right guy for this club, please

  4. Keyser

    Mate I’m done, you’re either taking the biscuit or this simply sums up the state of the blog.

    Do you see how this is all one way ? You make a statement, and then get everyone else to disprove it without basing it on anything of worth to begin with.

    You buy a promising 20 year old kid, he’s not first choice essentially, but could prove to be, within 3 months he gets his ankle crushed, he’s out for a year, over the next few years he has his ups and down, but slowly not only works his way into the team, but just before his signs a new contract, January 2010 btw, he’s basically almost a first team player and plays a significant part in getting us back to 4th and the Champions League two years running.

    Replacing him means significant money on a transfer fee and again on wages, and as we’ve seen 50-60k or whatever he’s on, starts to pale in comparison to what players like Wilshere and Ramsey recieve before they’ve shown something similar, even if he’s injured he’s recovered before and he simply moves down the pecking order, he’s more experienced than the youngsters who’d take his place, and he’s shown he has the talent.

    At what point does sentimentality play a part ? At what point do you think he’s done ? and even if he is, how is it more beneficial ?!

  5. MidwestGun

    Your go to statement. The state of the blog. I answered those questions already. Not sure how you’ve disproved anything. Anyhow, its been fun having a circular debate with you. That you jumped in on.


  6. Jeff

    Wow, Midwest, you actually did it again. You managed to get into a one-on-one with Keyser where everyone else just withdraws with a bowl of popcorn and eyes fully peeled watching the drama unfold. Unfortunately I’d gone to bed by then.

    You’re right though – I was saying exactly the same thing in the previous blog about Diaby – that it is sentimentality more than anything else that is the driver behind keeping him on.

    Ferguson used to get rid soon as anyone showed any sign of repetitive crockery. Hargreaves and Saha come to mind. Managers who put winning above anything else are would not have given Diaby a second contract – not in a million years. That was the mistake. Now it’s too late – nothing can be done. The only question is whether or not Diaby will get another contract in the summer. I’d say he probably will.

  7. Thank you and goodnight

    “I can tell you he has been everywhere in the world to be assessed. There is an explanation. He is quick, strong, has good stamina, good resistance to repeat, but his muscle strength is not good enough to deal with that. Sometimes little fibres go in his muscles, this is basically his problem.

    “When you play every three days, you cannot rebuild your strength as you need to recover. When you don’t rebuild your strength, through the games you burn your fibres a bit and become weaker and weaker, so that means he gets injured.


    That was wenger’s comments on diaby 3 years ago. Well if that’s the case and they knew this why give diaby a contract extension? Yes the tackle from dan Smith was a disgrace, no one is denying that, but diaby was renowned for being injury prone before we bought him. This is why wenger is no longer a top manager because he is no longer ruthless enough. Arsenal has become a retirement home for the old and infirm where they can come and get one last pay day before riding off into the sunset. As for sticking by him, well I can understand if he had talent of RVP or messi etc but reality is diaby is and was only an average player. Fact a few years back he was supposedly first on french team sheet means nothing to me as a few years back France were an average team, compared to the talent they have at their disposal now.

  8. Thank you and goodnight

    A shit joke to wake you up this morning guys……

    Sitting in my kitchen the other day, this flying bug with skinny legs landed next to me. As I leant in to have a look it exploded in front of me, I think it was jihadi long legs.

    Boom boom

  9. Dark Hei


    Regarding Diaby, you can say that a gamble was taken. He is indeed a good talent and if he went on to another club and became a success, I am sure Wenger would have drawn flak for allowing the real talent to slip away while we persisted with the likes of Denilson and Song.

    My memory of him playing in the middle was limited. I remembered he did very well against Stoke, I think, he got the MOM award by dominating the middle in that match.

    He was subsequently shunted off to the wide areas (lol, the original Ramsey) probably for his development and to take advantage of his pace. He did not have great acceleration but once he got going he is very fast. And then he got injured here and there and that’s the end of it.

    The reason he is still here is that he has a contract. He was given that contract for his potential. Like Bendter, Denilson, Djourou and other young fledglings, the gamble did not pay off. But I am not one to nit pick on Diaby; he at least poured his soul into his football and worked hard and did his part in good faith.

  10. Thank you and goodnight

    @Dark Hei

    It’s not diaby’s fault. I’d also take the money, but fact is he’s not good enough and should never have been offered a contract extension. And like jeff said, he’ll more than likely get another one this season and that’s just not right.

  11. Nasri's Mouth

    @Jeff and TYAG

    Diaby was given a new contract when he was playing consistently over 2 seasons.

    There’s a good piece by the always reliable Tim Stillman here:

    Definitely worth a read and it shows that while Dan Smith’s tackle (assault) was undoubtedly a contributing factor to his injury problems, he was playing regularly 2009there were further hits from Robinson and Essien after his last contract extension that have made the difference.

    Giving an extension to a player who after his recovery managed 28 appearances, then 36, then 40 and who is becoming a regular for France (a country hardly short of top quality players at that time) made good sense.

    As for Hargreaves, Fergie signed him when he’d already broken his leg, and he was clearly a risk. Fergie didn’t cancel or pay off his contract, he had to wait until it ran down just like we are with Diaby

  12. Thank you and goodnight

    @Nasri’s Mouth

    I usually agree on everything you say mate as you know what you’re talking about, but this time we’ll have to agree to disagree as I really don’t rate diaby and never have. Still love you though xx 😀

  13. Nasri's Mouth


    I guess there’s another argument there, was he good enough as a player to be re-signed? Personally I think yes, but I can understand others saying no 🙂

    I just dislike this revisionary hindsight argument about his injuries

  14. Dissenter

    Nasri’s mouth,
    It was October 3rd 2010.
    I remember that Essein trod on Diaby’s ankle as he was surging forward. Itwas from behind and was sickening.
    Certainly one of the dirtiest tackles I have ever seen
    …and he didn’t even get a yellow card.
    I think we lost the game 2-0

  15. Sam

    London is ridiculously overpriced so it’s not a shock that London clubs overcharge their fans. I went to Charlton last year with a mate and paid £30 to watch some of the worst football I’ve seen in years, zero atmosphere either (apologies to CA fans if it’s better this year; it’s a club I like).
    Average wages in Spain are low, assuming you do even have a job, so it stands to reason that season tickets are cheaper.
    I’m not saying we aren’t being fleeced though. I’m a Red member and can only afford 3- 4 games per season now.

    Looking at one of the more expensive sides in Europe, Juventus’ season tickets here
    Being a macho rather sexist country, they have a cheap season ticket just for women! Drag anyone?